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2015-2016 Snow Removal Operations

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2015-2016 Snow Removal Operations

  1. 1. A Fairfax County, VA, publication Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Working for You! 2015 -16 Snow Removal Operations November 18, 2015
  2. 2. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Balancing Act 2 Water Quality Resources User Desires & Expectations Weather
  3. 3. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations 2014-15 Winter Weather • More events compared to 2013-14 • More small events 19 one-day events compared to 10 one-day events for 2013-14 • 11 events for freezing rain or ice • Less snow but the western part of the county experienced 14 inches above the average 3 MSMD Winter Weather DOC Activations and/or Responses Winter Weather Season Total No of Events No of Events < 1 day No of Events > 2 days Total No of Days No of Freezing Rain and/or Ice Events Total Snowfall IAD Historical Average Snowfall IAD Total Snow Fall DCA Historical Average Snowfall DCA 2014-15 25 19 6 32 11 35.9" 22" 18.3" 15.4" 2013-14 20 10 10 36 0 52.8" 22" 32" 15.4"
  4. 4. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Why Was the 2014-15 Winter Different? • A significant number of “High Impact Storms” – Smaller storms (more difficult to forecast) – Little or no accumulation – Very cold temperatures • February 2015 coldest month in more than 20 years regionally – Road temperatures 20 degrees or lower – Combined with rush hour traffic 4
  5. 5. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Our Snow Captains 5 Bobby Kerns Jonathan Murray Richard Latimer Dave Snyder
  6. 6. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Role of Snow Captains • Open Department of Operations Center (DOC) • Manage snow removal operations – 12- hour shifts - Team A and Team B – Scalable teams • Monitoring weather • Manage equipment • Ensure employee safety & training • Communicate directly with County leadership and liaisons 6
  7. 7. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Scope of Operations • 152 Building Complexes – Vehicular Travel Ways – ADA Compliance – Critical Walkways – Non-Critical Walkways • 75 Roadway Segments – County Roads – Developer Default Roads 7
  8. 8. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Operational Resources • MSMD – Staff – Up to 50 per shift – Equipment - Approximately 18 drivable pieces – Contract Support – Valley Crest • Wastewater Collections – Staff – Up to 20 per shift – Equipment – • Eight MSMD Snow Blowers Assigned • Solid Waste – Staff - Up to 40 per shift – Equipment – • Two MSMD trucks assigned • Several MSW pickups harnessed for plows • DVS – Typically two mechanics • Community Labor Force – Up to 35 volunteers and seven sheriff deputies 8
  9. 9. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Key Resource Challenges • Approximately one plow per 12 complexes • Facilities are spread across a large geographic area – – Good weather travel time vs. BAD weather travel time • Only three locations for staging and chemical storage • Timing of the event 9 • Equipped/staffed for 4” to 8” event – beyond this we’re pretty stretched
  10. 10. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Applying Resources Efficiently • Solid Waste I-66 Transfer Station handles vehicular & pedestrian areas at: – Alliance Drive / MPSTOC – Transfer Station – Government Center Complex • MSMD is assigned all other vehicular areas throughout the County including Park & Ride / Commuter Lots. • Solid Waste I-95 handles walkways in Area “D” • Wastewater Collections handles walkways in Area “C” • Contracting handles walkways in Area “A” and “B” 10 A C D B
  11. 11. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES BOS-Approved - Order of Site Priority • Priority 1 Sites (75) – Police Stations / Gov’t Centers (17) – Fire Stations (31) – Mass Transit Facilities (16) – Public Safety Center/MPSTOC (10) – Emergency Services (1) • Priority 2 Sites (36) – Health Centers/24-hr Shelters (21) – Other Essential Facilities (15) • Priority 3 Sites (41) – Libraries (21) – Community Centers / Others (20) (Fire Training Academy, Police Training Academy, etc.) • Priority 4 Sites (75) – Neighborhood Roads (47) – Developer Default Roads (24) – Other (4) 11
  12. 12. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Phases for Walkway Efforts • Phase 1 – Handicap Parking – Accessible Routes • Phase 2 – Main on-site walkways • Phase 3 – Non-critical on-site walks – Adjacent ROW sidewalks 12
  13. 13. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES What You Can Expect • During the Event (snow is falling) – 75 Priority 1 Sites – Only plow travel ways – Handicap parking – Phase 1 walkways • After the Event (snow stopped falling) – Total site cleanup at all 152 sites – Phase 2 & 3 walkways – 75 road segments 13
  14. 14. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Operational Targets 14 County Facility or Government Campus Site 0 to 2 inches 2 to 6 inches 6 to 9 inches Ice and Freezing Rain County Government Center includes Herrity and Pennino Building Up to 6 hours after the storm ends Up to 8 to 12 hours after the storm ends Up to 12 to 24 hours after the storm ends Up to 6 hours after the storm ends Public Safety Center - MPSTOC - Courts and Detention Centers - Pine Ridge EMCC Police District and Fire Stations Magisterial District Offices Up to 6 hours after the storm ends Up to 12 hours after the storm ends Up to 18 to 24 hours after the storm ends Up to 6 hours after the storm ends Commuter Parking Lots Up to 6 hours after the storm ends Up to 12 hours after the storm ends Up to 18 to 24 hours after the storm ends Up to 8 hours after the storm ends Health Centers and Essential County Facilities Up to 12 hours after the storm ends Up to 18 hours after the storm ends Up to 24 hours after the storm ends Up to 12 hours after the storm ends Libraries, Community Centers and other Facilities Up to 12 hours after the storm ends Up to 12 to 18 hours after the storm ends Up to 1 day to 2 days after the storm ends Up to 12 to 18 hours after the storm ends Road Maintenance and Improvement and subdivisions in Developer Default Up to 1 day after the storm ends Up to 1 to 2 days after the storm ends Up to 2 to 3 days after the storm ends Up to 1 day after the storm ends
  15. 15. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Snow Operations Planning • Committed Staff Teams • Snow-worthy Equipment • Stock Material • Update Snow Operational Plan • SOP to Protect Water Quality • Communication Plan – Outreach – Liaisons 15
  16. 16. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Role of Agency Liaisons • Understand what we do • Communicate with their facilities • Help Snow Captains understand agency priorities within the Board approved snow removal priority system • Liaison partnership – MSMD Phone Number 703-877-2800 16 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) MSMD Department Operations Center (DOC) Board of Supervisors Liaisons Agency Liaisons Agency Heads DOC Liaisons Emily Abbott Carolyn Weber
  17. 17. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Preparations • Prepare Equipment & Staff – Training staff on safety and equipment – Self-help barrels – Parking lot staking – Brine solution • Monitor the Weather 17
  18. 18. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Wrinkles to the Operational Plan • Mechanical breakdowns • Parking lot, personal property, and equipment damage • Confusion on the part of citizens regarding VDOT/County plowing responsibilities • Requests to deviate significantly from the Snow Plan during a storm event (bypassing liaisons) 18
  19. 19. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Cornerstones for Success • Dedicated Staff (and their families!) • Early Preparations – Pre-Season – Pre-Storm • Good Communication – Internal Partnerships – External Expectations • A Little Bit of Good Luck – Weather, Timing & Traffic 19
  20. 20. 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division, DPWES Questions? 20
  21. 21. Additional Information For additional information, please contact www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes 2015-16 Snow Removal Operations 21 Irene Haske, Public Information Officer 703-324-5821, TTY 711 SWPDmail@fairfaxcounty.gov

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